North Africa 500 CE

In the 5th century, during the general disintegration of the western Roman empire, North Africa was invaded by a German tribe, the Vandals. These have been able to establish a powerful kingdom, and have become a ...

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What is happening in North Africa in 500CE

In the 5th century, during the general disintegration of the western Roman empire, North Africa was invaded by a German tribe, the Vandals. These have been able to establish a powerful kingdom, and have become a significant naval power, dominating the western Mediterranean.

In 455 the Vandals attacked Rome itself. Their control over the rich grainlands of North Africa, and their denial of grain to the inhabitants of Rome, has had an even more marked impact on the decline of the imperial city.

Nevertheless, within their own territory, the Vandals have taken to Roman life and culture, and preserve a level of stability which has allowed trade to recover to a certain extent.

 

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